Album Review: My One And Only Thrill by Melody Gardot
Very Good, Based on 4 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Melody Gardot's 2006 debut, Worrisome Heart, was greeted with warmly enthusiastic reviews that never failed to mention Gardot's musical similarities to Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, or her sadly compelling story of surviving a severe hit-and-run accident at the age of 19. The tragedy gave critics an irresistible hook, and the musical similarities -- which also include her vocal resemblance to Fiona Apple's smoky tones -- gave new listeners a familiar touchstone, but both merely provided an entry into a fine, accomplished debut. Released three years later, Gardot's second album, My One and Only Thrill, proves that the first was no fluke; it doesn't build upon the debut so much as it sustains its quality.
It's a miracle the young American singer Melody Gardot's still alive, let alone on her way to being the next Norah Jones or Madeleine Peyroux, as, when she was 19, she had a serious bike accident. While she was in hospital recovering, Gardot discovered a singer-songwriting talent through music therapy - and she sounds as if she has learned her art in privacy and some distress, only releasing a note once it's burnished to a perfect pale sheen. Her evocative vibrato suggests an introverted Edith Piaf, and she specialises in rather self-denying love songs.
Melody Gardot is singer with a great sound—intimate rather than overblown, tinged with smoke rather than hype, a retro-ish kind of now. My One and Only Thrill is a quiet, blue-tinged collection of ten original songs and one choice cover. It is a sophisticated, jazz-steeped pop record, and a major-label followup to her independently recorded debut, Worrisome Heart (2006).
BOB DYLAN“Together Through Life”(Columbia) The cover photograph, by Bruce Davidson, on Bob Dylan’s new album — a young couple kissing desperately in the back seat of a car, a much-reproduced image familiar to anyone who owns a paperback of Larry Brown’s short-story collection “Big Bad ….